A Federal Administration Task Force (FAA) submitted recommendations for registering drone operators, which will serve as a precursor to propose a standard set of regulations for drone operation, reports Reuters.
Registration is one of several steps the FAA and other government agencies are considering to address a rise in reckless drone use this year, including near-misses with commercial airliners near airports.
Commercial operators are currently required to register their drones through the manned aircraft process on a case-by-case basis. Registration of commercial drones will be addressed in final FAA regulations expected early next year.
The Task Force recommendations for the registration process are summarized as follows:
1) Fill out an electronic registration form through the web or through an application (app);
2) Immediately receive an electronic certificate of registration and a personal universal registration number for use on all sUAS owned by that person; and
3) Mark the registration number (or registered serial number) on all applicable sUAS prior to their operation in the National Airspace System (NAS).
A final version of the panel's recommendations was expected to receive approval from 25 task force members. It would signal broad agreement among stakeholders, including drone makers, pilots, hobbyists and regulators, on a free and user-friendly registration process for recreational users of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).